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Taking a break from spacewalks

July 26, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

The astronauts in orbit, all 13 of them, enjoyed their first day off in more than a week after a series of grueling spacewalks.

"Today we hope you can enjoy some well-earned time off," Mission Control told them.

The astronauts wrapped up their fourth spacewalk Friday, completing crucial battery changes at the International Space Station. One more is planned for Monday.

Shuttle pilot Douglas Hurley acknowledged that there's been "a little bit of a traffic jam" at the bathrooms every morning because of the record number of people up there. One of the three toilets broke down for a day last weekend.

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